CCLA LAUNCHES ANNUAL REPORT DETAILING PROGRESS OF INITIATIVE TO COMBAT MODERN SLAVERY IN SUPPLY CHAINS
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There are 11 million migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising 67% of the region’s workforce. In Qatar and the UAE, they make up more than 80% of the total population.
Lack of lucrative work in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Kenya and Turkey (among others) means that there is a high demand for jobs overseas.
Investors Unite to Ask Global Companies Operating in The Gulf Nations to Protect Migrant Workers from Debt Bondage and Modern Day Slavery5 August 2020
- Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in cancellation of contracts and job losses, leaving migrant workers without means to repay large debts acquired due to unethical recruitment processes
- Investors have requested that over 50 companies, from the high-risk sectors of oil and gas, construction and hospitality operating out of The Gulf nations, provide details on how they are safeguarding workers
In 2016, I started speaking to companies about the first statements that they had to submit for the UK’s Modern Slavery Act. I remember receiving an abrupt letter from a FTSE 350 healthcare company, explaining that they didn’t believe that they had any modern slavery in their supply chain.